Module Overview

Industrial and Occupational Hygiene

This module is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and competence to critically evaluate where and when the quantification of occupational exposure to chemical, biological and physical hazards (dose) is required in the workplace and relate the output to the requisites of relevant Irish health and safety legislation and best practice. In addition, the participant will be able to select and prudently evaluate exposure assessment methodologies and relate the importance of accreditation and calibration in determining the integrity of data within the judicial paradigm. A practical component underpins this module. Students will be able to commission and appraise an occupational hygiene survey. Specialist skills in Industrial and Occupational Hygiene will be developed, as well as improving communications, collaboration, teamwork, decision making, analytical and critical thinking, critical self-reflection, and using professional judgement skills in a work-related curriculum.

Module Code

TFSM 9019

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

The scientific basis and methodologies underpinning accredited methods for the collection of on-site quantification of physical, chemical and biological workplace hazards to include; particulates, volatile organic compounds, metals, asbestos containing materials, biological agents, noise, vibration, emf, and radioactivity. Exposure limit values, industry and national standards framed by the Irish legislative requirements.

EN 689:2018 standard of testing. The exposure strategy and assessment. Exposure scenarios. Exposure (Dose) calculations and manipulation for comparison with legislative exposure limit values and best practice.

Perform basic airflow and noise measurements and recognise the limitations of such measurements in the absence of traceable calibration of instrumentation and recognised accreditation.

Face-to-face lectures and a laboratory session will be delivered and students will learn through in-class activities, practical work, group work with an individual reflection component and discussions based on guided out-side contact hours reading and research. Peer to peer learning is mediated through a group case study and an individual oral presentation based on the quantification of a physical, biological or chemical hazard in a workplace Self-directed learning is encouraged through use of on-line resources and self-reflection.

This module will be delivered multimodally, with the student choosing one of two options; Hyflex or attendance in class.  Content can also be delivered  as pre-recorded video or as required pre-reading of selected peer reviewed papers, articles, case studies or past dissertations


Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100